Ottawa youth charities get a boost from TELUS funding
OTTAWA, Nov. 17, 2011 /CNW/ - Grassroots youth-focused charities in the
Ottawa region received a $400,000 financial boost from the TELUS Ottawa
Community Board this year.
The TELUS Ottawa Community Board has supported 29 local organizations
who work tirelessly to educate and empower youth to reach their full
potential. Since it was launched in 2005, the Board has contributed
more than $3.3 million to support 203 local projects that help improve
education, health and quality of life for youth in Ottawa.
Today, TELUS also announced Arnie Vered, President of Arnon Corporation,
as the new Chair of the TELUS Ottawa Community Board.
"TELUS has a long-standing tradition of investing in the future of our
youth," said Arnie Vered, TELUS Ottawa Community Board Chair. "The
positive impacts these investments will have for young people in our
community are life-changing and will be felt for years to come."
In the past two years the TELUS Ottawa Community Board has provided in
excess of $45,000 to the Youth Services Bureau to assist in building a
new drop in centre. Janice Barresi, executive director of the Youth
Services Bureau of Ottawa Charitable Foundation, said, "TELUS is
forward-thinking in recognizing the importance of empowering young
people to help build stronger communities. We are deeply grateful for
their ongoing commitment to youth in Ottawa."
"Since the opening of the centre earlier this year, we have seen a
notable 17 per cent increase in the usage of the support and services
available by homeless youth in the area. TELUS' commitment to utilize
100 per cent of their Community Board funding to support youth programs
is definitely an investment that will continue to pay dividends for our
community for the long-term," said Janice.
TELUS Ottawa Community Board Chair Arnie Vered is joined by the
following distinguished board members: Peter Charbonneau - SkyPoint
Capital; Barbara McInnes - Community Foundation of Ottawa; Michael
Allen - United Way/Centraide Ottawa; Jim Orban - The Ottawa Heart
Institute Foundation; Tuan Nguyen - Recycle Frog; and TELUS team
members Ann Mainville-Neeson, Terry Nemeth, Michael Hennessy, Cecilia
Ryan and Shannon Gorman.
About the TELUS Community Boards
TELUS Community Boards are an innovative model for funding youth-focused
charities and put decision-making in the hands of local leaders who
know their communities best. Eleven TELUS Community Boards are making a
positive impact across Canada from coast-to-coast in Victoria,
Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Rimouski,
Quebec City, Atlantic Canada and the most recently launched board in
the Thompson Okanagan region of B.C. Since their inception in 2005, the
Community Boards have contributed $30 million to grassroots charitable
organizations and supported more than 2,300 community projects. The
TELUS Community Boards and the meaningful difference they make
significantly contributed to TELUS receiving the Association of
Fundraising Professionals 2010 Freeman Philanthropic Services Award for
the Most Outstanding Corporation globally. For more information about
the TELUS Ottawa Community Board or to apply for funding, visit about.telus.com/community.
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $10.3 billion of annual revenue and 12.6
million customer connections including 7.2 million wireless
subscribers, 3.6 million wireline network access lines, 1.3 million
Internet subscribers and more than 450,000 TELUS TV customers. Led
since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a
wide range of communications products and services including data,
Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video.
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team
members and retirees will, by year-end 2011, have contributed $245
million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered
4.1 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Eleven
TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead TELUS' local philanthropic
initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding
philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of
Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to
receive this prestigious international recognition.
For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.
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